5 Things Never to Put Down the Garbage Disposal
- Fat, Oil, or Grease (FOG)
Oil, grease, and hot, liquid fats shouldn’t even go down your drain much less your garbage disposal. When hot oils cool down, they harden, solidify and can clog your drain. Either dump your oil in the trash or find somewhere nearby that recycles the oil for use in biofuel.
- Starchy, Stringy Vegetables
Celery, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, chard, kale, lettuce, potato peels, and other stringy, fibrous, starchy veggies should be kept out of your disposal unit. They aren’t easily broken down by the disposal. On the contrary, they can easily wrap around the disposal’s blade, causing extra resistance and eventually leading to clogs.
- Pasta and Rice
Even if they’ve been broken down by the disposal, pasta and rice expand when they come in contact with water. That means every time you turn on your tap the bits of rice and spaghetti that still remain in your disposal continue to expand. This either causes clogs or fills up your disposal trap.
- Coffee Grounds
They seem to go down perfectly fine, and many people swear that coffee grounds can help your drain stay clean. Besides, how much trouble could a few tiny particles cause? As it turns out, a lot. Those grounds clump together, forming a rough, impenetrable sediment that clogs your system and causes damage to your plumbing. Instead of throwing it down the drain, add your coffee grounds to the compost or sprinkle it around your garden. Coffee stimulates your plants and repels slugs, ants, and other pests.
- Paper Garbage
Contrary to the name, don’t throw garbage down the garbage disposal or toilet. That includes scraps of paper, paper towels, cotton balls, wipes, and scrub pads. While toilet paper breaks down in water, paper towels and most other paper products are designed specifically to withstand that kind of punishment. That means clogged pipes and backed up sewer systems.